We’re all familiar with the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness, which tells us B.O. is a virtue, crying is only acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon and deer protein is on par with romantic love. Due to the ever-evolving physical appearance of Nick Offerman, the actor and comedian who plays Swanson on NBC’s awesome Parks and Recreation, we now need the Nick Offerman Pyramid of Facial Greatness. How else are we supposed to process all the dye-jobs, cornrows and risqué poses?
To help you stay current, here’s a rundown of five of Offerman’s most striking looks. Vote for your favorite below.
Classic Ron: Plastic hair, epic mustache, basking in the glow of bacon and eggs.
Posted by MR on May 23, 2012
Welcome to Punching Pete Campbell’s fourth edition of the Game of Thrones Power Rankings. Before proceeding, be sure to review last week’s rankings to track the movement. This week’s satisfying episode was all about building to the season’s conclusion, and fear was the pervasive theme as the characters moved toward war.
Three major factors go into our rankings: 1) overall likability/how much we want the character to die, 2) developments from the most recent episode and 3) how much actual power the characters currently hold in the show. And of course, there’s our own subjectivity, which we won’t hide.
One last very important order of business: SPOILER ALERT: The following entries contain information from the most recent episode of Game of Thrones: “The Prince of Winterfell” (Season 2, Episode 8).
Posted by MR on May 22, 2012
Castle and Beckett first kissed in Season 3′s “Knockdown,” but it didn’t really count since it was part of a ruse.
SPOILER WARNING: This post contains significant plot details from Battlestar Galactica, Castle, Fringe, The Office and Lost. If you haven’t watched the show listed in the subhead, move on to the next section. Then go home, boot up your Netflix live stream and watch every one of these shows. Don’t you want some love in your life?
I’ve watched the penultimate scene from last week’s Season 4 Castle finale approximately 4,731 times. Anyone who’s ever seen an episode of Castle knows there’s only one thing that would warrant such repeat viewing: After four seasons of unrivaled will-they-or-won’t-they tension, Castle and Beckett FINALLY got it on. And it was fucking fantastic.
It also got me thinking: Where does Caskett’s consummation rank among the most anticipated hookups in television history? Turns out, pretty high. This is just one (deranged) woman’s opinion on the top five, so feel free to offer up other suggestions in the comments.
Posted by MR on May 16, 2012
NBC renewed ‘Community’ for a fourth season, but cut it to 13 episodes and moved it to Friday night.
For TV fans, May is a time of sweeps, finales and cancellation/renewal suspense. It’s also a time to marvel at NBC’s inconsistency. What does the network want? Cookie-cutter shows with broad appeal? High-concept offerings with small but loyal followings? Both? Neither?
NBC’s Thursday night lineup decisions serve as a perfect microcosm for this cognitive dissonance. A quick rundown:
• Community: Despite a midseason cancellation scare and consistently mediocre numbers, the cult hit was picked up for a 13-episode fourth season. However, it’s being bumped from the Thursday night comedy bloc and will air Friday at 8:30, after Whitney and before Grimm. So The Greendale Seven live on, but for how long?
• 30 Rock: After a sixth-season resurgence, Tina Fey and Co. will return for a 13-episode seventh season. Initial reports indicated the 2012-13 run would be 30 Rock’s last, but NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has since said the “final season” designation is not set in stone.
Posted by MR on May 13, 2012
Tony Hale (left) plays Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ right-hand man in HBO’s new comedy Veep.
HBO has busted out another new series, Veep, and though we’re just three episodes in, we’ve got a clear picture of what the show is bringing to the table. The PPC writers are all pretty bullish (finance term!) on the show. Why you ask? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out, of course.
1. In 10 words or less, how do you feel about Veep?
CW: Love it, fantastic cast with hilarious dialogue.
MR: It’s bizarre, scatological and insanely awkward. So, totally awesome.
BG: A smart, funny look at Washington ineptitude. Elaine does DC!
2. Where does it stack up on your list of comedies?
MR: It’s got a way to go before it ranks alongside Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The (Original/British) Office and my other all-time favorite comedies, but it’s already become appointment viewing. And given how loaded the Sunday night slate is, that’s really saying something.
Posted by MR on May 11, 2012
Is it just the beer-loving folk at PPC, or does the poster for John Cusack’s The Raven bear an uncanny resemblance to the label art for Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale? The Raven takes place in Baltimore, and Flying Dog is a Maryland-based brewery, so this might not be a coincidence. But viewing this through Maryland-colored glasses does beg the question: The Terps are totally going to be wearing these next year, aren’t they?
Posted by MR on May 2, 2012